Elsie Rogers Express

December 2, 2022

#PHMExcellence

For 27 years, Penn-Harris-Madison Education Foundation has been dedicated to supporting #PHMExcellence by providing access to innovative classroom grants available to all P-H-M teachers and staff to apply. PHMEF grants provide funding for programs that fall outside schools’ budgets.

The application window for the Fall 2022 grant cycle was October. The PHMEF Grants Committee awarded more than $15,000 in this grant cycle. Executive Director Jennifer Turnblom visited schools this week to surprise teachers with the news that their grants were being awarded. Click here to watch the video to see the joyful reaction of teachers and students. Click to learn more about PHMEF grants and see the full list of grants awarded in the Fall 2022 grant cycle.

Want to help support the Education Foundation and #PHMExcellence? The Education Foundation‘s Annual Drive is underway. As a registered 501(c)3 organization, donations are tax deductible. Click here for ways to support the P-H-M Education Foundation.

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Holiday Food Drive

It’s time for our community food drive! This year, Elsie Rogers has partnered with Northeast Neighborhood Food Pantry to serve those in need! We will be collecting non perishable food items (no glass containers please) starting on December 5th up until December 15th. To make it a little more interesting, classes will be competing for participation in some "Reindeer Games" and a hot cocoa bar experience on December 16! We can’t wait to see our R.O.C.K. star students in action!

Penn High School Touring Music Group Visits Elsie Rogers

Former Roadrunners Sharing their Talents w/ Elsie Rogers Students

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Community Fitness Opportunities:

As the weather quickly shifts from fall to winter, the school district is happy to pilot free fitness opportunities for the P-H-M community. This will take place four (4) days per week at the sites listed below.


Who is eligible to participate: The P-H-M Adult Community and Staff (no students). This includes residents of the school district and non-resident parents/guardians of attending students.


What: Access to walking/jogging tracks, open gym/basketball courts, and weight room


When: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the sites listed below. Note: The fitness centers will be closed during designated school recess dates.


Weekly Schedule:

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THANK-A-TEACHER RECOGNIZE A SPECIAL P-H-M STAFF MEMBER NOVEMBER 14 - DECEMBER 8

P-H-M teachers and staff are known for excellence. As a way to say THANK YOU, consider a donation to the P-H-M Education Foundation’s Grant Fund. Your contribution will be returned to the schools in the form of TEACHERS GRANTS for programs and projects that cannot be funded through school budgets.

Make a contribution of $25, and your child’s “Special Person” will be recognized. The first 100 employees to be recognized will receive a free Gold Car Wash at Drive & Shine ($17 value)!

PHMEF will handle the delivery and distribution of the following to your honoree the before winter break.

  • Specially designed card, with your name
  • Your customized greeting/note to the honoree
  • Special pin for their lanyard
  • Name listed on Honor Roll (social media & website)
  • Name entered for weekly drawing of gift cards

This is a tax-deductible donation.


User this LINK to make your donation on line


Prefer to send a check? Complete and mail this form to…

PHMEF, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545

eLearning Days for Penn-Harris-Madison

As part of the new Indiana law HB-1093, schools are limited to three days of eLearning. Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation will use, if warranted, three weather related days as needed throughout the year. If additional makeup days are required, they will be added to the end of the school year calendar beginning on June 2. Principals will communicate with parents eLearning expectations and possible calendar adjustments throughout the year.

Free Meals and Textbook Assistance

Your family may be eligible for assistance paying for cafeteria meals and school fees.

Households that meet the financial guidelines of the National School Lunch Program are eligible for free or reduced meal prices, as well as a discount applied to textbook rental fees. To receive this support parents must apply annually and provide information that serves to verify household income. The application is easy to fill out (choose online or paper format) and it includes a place to indicate that you also want to apply for textbook assistance. Please make sure to submit only one form (application) per household, even if the children are in different schools.


(Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be accepted beginning July 1st, 2022)


We encourage ALL Elsie Rogers parents to apply online at this website: www.schoolcafe.com.


Applying online is faster and easier than using printed forms, and your benefits will start sooner!

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Save the Dates

December 5 - Don't Be a Grinch Day; Wear green from head to toe

December 8 - PTO Family Night out at Hacienda

December 9 - Flannel Friday; wear a flannel shirt

December 13 - Sock Day; wear your favorite holiday socks

December 16 - Celebrate the Festival of LIghts; wear blue and white

December 20 - Holiday Headwear; wear santa hat, antlers, elf hat, etc

December 21 - Jamming in our Jammies; wear appropriate pajamas, slippers etc. (we still have recess and PE)

December 22 - Dress it up; wear your favorite holiday attire

Decemeber 23 - January 8 - Winter Break

January 9 - Back to School